I'm not dead...
I'm not even sick. But I will tell you this: spending five days away from the internet feels like a terminal illness... that is certainly what my husband and son expressed by moping around the place, dragging their stockinged feet. Silly rabbits! Quite frankly, I enjoyed the temporary disconnection from all things virtual.
The real reason for my recent silence around here is that our family spent the last five days and four nights holed up in a friend's house near the beach along the South Carolina coast. It was windy and cold and rainy on Christmas day. The other four days, it was just windy and cold.
But we were sooooo happy. So very happy. We walked up and down the beach, collected shells, threw the frisbee, and took lots of photographs. We shopped and played tennis (yes, it is possible to play tennis on the day after Christmas in certain parts of North and South Carolina - yea!) and gaped at all the huge, tacky touristy shops and watched football games on television and ate too many sweets.
Going away was the perfect way to avoid all the Christmas crush here in Charlotte. We didn't exchange gifts on Christmas; we just enjoyed each other's company and gave thanks for our relatively good health and our beautifully dysfunctional family. At one point when I was ready to lose my patience, I thought, "This is one f---ed up family... but, then again, everybody's got one." And with that, I laughed at my foolish pride and ridiculously high standards - and poured myself another glass of wine.
I will upload photos and write more later this week. Right now, though, I am going to move the laundry along, make myself some Trader Joe's Candy Cane Decaf Green Tea (truly, the best stuff on earth!), and bask in the warmth and wonder of being back at home.
I trust you all had a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukah, a lovely Winter Solstice, that all the Kwanzaa festivities are going well, and that every single one of us will have a better 2010 than we can ask, imagine, or dream up.
And for a lovely glimpse of the joy of dancing, check this out. Thanks, Lisa, for the link.